LOL: Ludicrous Orwellian Laureate
In what must surely be some kind of Orwellian joke, President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. George Orwell, in his novel "1984", created a term called "Doublethink", which he defined as...
The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies [emphasis added].
--George Orwell, Definition of Doublethink, 1984
This must be what happened with the awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama. The Nobel committee has chosen to award Obama -- a man who has failed to bring about peace of any kind -- with a "Peace Prize". They have given a "Peace Prize" to a man who has even failed to DO anything concrete in the quest for peace! Like the Orwellian slogans of "War is Peace", "Freedom is Slavery", and "Ignorance is Strength", the Nobel Peace Prize committee has now provided us with a new one: "Failure is Success".
The use of "Doublethink" was most assuredly in play when the Nobel committee arrived at their decision. First, they had to imagine that failure to achieve anything, or failure to even DO anything is a "prize-winning" proposition. But perhaps more importantly, they had to "forget any fact that has become inconvenient": like the fact that Obama has increased troop levels in Afghanistan -- not a very "peaceful" move. Or the fact that he has threatened to attack al-Qaeda and invade Pakistan (despite his failure to follow through on those threats). Or the fact that he is willing to walk out of Iraq according to a fixed timetable, regardless of whether or not it throws Iraq into chaos and violence. Or the fact that he is considering indefinite imprisonment for some of the Gitmo detainees -- smart perhaps, but not very appealing to groups like Human Rights Watch or the ACLU.
Then, the Nobel committee had to "deny the existence of objective reality". When the Russians invaded the country of Georgia, Obama said nothing until well after others widely condemned the move. When Iranian leaders recently stole the presidential election there, Obama said nothing. When Iranian protesters took to the streets demanding free and fair elections, Obama said nothing. When the Iranian government began a brutal crackdown on the protesters, Obama said nothing until well after others widely condemned the move.
Consider for a moment that many Nobel Peace Prize nominees are those who have put their lives in imminent danger to rescue others, or to bring about human or national independence. Irena Sendler and Mahatma Gandhi come to mind (both of whom ironically, have never received the award). Not only does Obama lack the personal courage and moral conviction of such heroes, but he seems to routinely side in favor with the oppressor versus the oppressed...
When the country of Honduras ousted their President Manuel Zelaya for attempting a power grab by changing the nation's constitution, Obama demanded Zelaya be returned to power, presumably so he could resume his implementation of a Chavez-like dictatorship. For that matter, Obama was apparently thrilled to meet with strong-man and oppressor, Hugo Chavez, who has shut down all but one opposition news outlet in Venezuela including the newspapers, radio and TV stations.
Obama finds no problem in expanding trade and improving relations with Fidel and Raul Castro, the dictatorial oppressors in Cuba. He looks forward to a meeting with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of an oppressive Iranian regime. He had no problems meeting with Vladimir Putin, strong-man of an oppressive Russia who silences his critics by murdering them, and threatens his eastern European neighbors with nuclear destruction. He had no problem sending former President Bill Clinton to negotiate with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il, while ignoring their saber rattling, nuclear program, and inhumanity that is starving its population to death.
This Nobel Laureate also favors another unimaginable form of oppression, that is, murdering the most innocent and defenseless of all human beings -- the unborn child. To make matters worse, Obama actually supports infanticide. He voted three times against legislation that would protect the lives of newborn babies that survive a botched abortion attempt. And finally, he appointed John Holdren as his science czar -- a man who does not believe that newborn babies are even human beings! The number of abortions worldwide is approximately 42 million per year, and has destroyed more human lives than Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot combined.
Is this the image of a man of peace? Does this look like a man who deserves a "Peace Prize"? Let's summarize. Obama is a man who endorses the murder of innocent unborn and newborn babies. Is that 'peaceful'? Obama is willing to negotiate and improve relations with dictators who oppress their own people and threaten their neighbors with violence. 'Man of Peace'? Obama is willing to ignore a nation's written constitution and the rule of law in favor of a power-grabbing dictatorial wannabe. Worthy of the "Peace Prize"? Obama fails to criticize totalitarian regimes, even those that silence their critics through murder, or by imposing brutal crackdowns on their populations. Equal in stature to Irena Sendler, Mahatma Gandhi, Lech Walesa or Martin Luther King, Jr? I think not.
The Nobel committee's decision to award Barack Obama the Peace Prize is simply ludicrous. It diminishes the stature of the award to the level of meaninglessness. Their award to Al Gore and the UN IPCC in 2007 was questionable, but at least it can be argued that they DID something. They collected data, generated reports and presented fancy slide shows, albeit erroneous reports with incorrect conclusions. And it can be argued that for many who believe in such nonsense, their noble goal (no pun intended) is to "save the planet". Obama's only achievement to date has been rhetoric. Therefore, it is fair to say that the Nobel Peace Prize has become nothing more than a rhetorical award.